A new CPT code, 69209, provides a specific billing code for removal of impacted cerumen using irrigation/lavage. Like CPT 69210, (removal of impacted cerumen requiring instrumentation, unilateral) 69209 requires that a physician or qualified healthcare professional make the decision to irrigate/lavage. However, unlike 69210, 69209 allows removal to be carried out by clinical staff.
Criteria for both CPT code 69209 and 69210 are the same and documentation to support the medical necessity of service is necessary to bill a separately identifiable service to an E/M. Each are considered unilateral and require modifier 50 to establish a bilateral procedure.
Because CPT code 69209 is new, many payers have yet to determine its status. Please consult a billing specialist prior to using.
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